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ERASMUS PLUS – Key Action 2: Centres of vocational excellence – 2021

To define a bottom-up approach to excellence that enables vocational education and training (VET) institutions to rapidly adapt educational provision to changing economic and social needs, including through transnational collaboration platforms.

2 153.1 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions Balkans, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries

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Priorities and funded actions

Objectives at two levels : 

  • National level : embedding CoVEs closely in the local innovation ecosystems, and connecting them at European level;
  • Transnational level : through platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence to establish world-class reference points for vocational training by bringing together CoVEs that share a common interest in specific sectors and innovative approaches to tackle societal challenges

Features that characterise transnational cooperation platforms include a set of various activities grouped under the three clusters mentioned below:

  • Teaching and learning;
  • Cooperation and partnerships;
  • Governance and funding

Additional information:

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: 4 years


  • public or private organisation active un field of vocational education and training or in the world of work;
  • VET providers;
  • Companies, industry or sector representative organisations;
  • National/regional qualification authorities;
  • Research institutes;
  • Innovation agencies;
  • Regional development authorities

The maximum EU grant per project is 4 million euros

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